Cover Feature: Should the goal drought worry Newcastle?

This article first featured in Edition #7 of the RMD magazine (March 3, 2020)

Teams suffer goal droughts. It’s just a natural phenomenon in football. However, Newcastle’s current goalscoring issues in the Premier League, stretching four games and the entire month of February, is starting to be a cause for concern, especially for a side not yet safe from the troubles of an end-of-season relegation scrap and for whom goals haven’t exactly been plentiful all season.

So the question is simple: just how worried should Newcastle supporters be by the current lack of goals?

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Cover Feature: Is Haaland the next Alan Shearer?

This article first featured in Edition #6 of the RMD magazine (March 2, 2020)

When thinking back at some of the greatest players to have graced the Premier League since its founding in 1992, especially as strikers, there are few even in the same category as Alan Shearer. The forward was indomitable in front of goal: the truest definition of a poacher.

Unfortunately, perhaps hamstrung somewhat by a lack of silverware in his personal trophy cabinet, the Englishman is not often talked about with the same enthusiasm and regularity outside of perhaps Blackburn and Newcastle as the likes of Thierry Henry, Gary Lineker or Dennis Bergkamp.

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Cover Feature: Common sense to tackle concussion injuries

This article first featured in Edition #5 of the RMD magazine (March 2, 2020)

Football has been behind other contact supports for some time now when it comes with dealing appropriately with concussion injuries, only in recent seasons even introducing mandatory periods on the sidelines and thorough checks by club doctors following suspected concussion injuries during matches or training.

Now, with the link between the sport and serious brain injuries and ailments in the later lives of many former professionals having been thrown firmly into the spotlight, the sport is trying to actively improve.

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Cover Feature: Most bizarre end to a Bundesliga game

This article first featured in Edition #4 of the RMD magazine (March 1, 2020)

Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim might well have played out the strangest finish to a professional football game in the history of the beautiful game, as the two sides spent the final 13 minutes of their Bundesliga match simply passing the ball between each other without any intent after their match had been interrupted by a lengthy delay for an offensive banner being displayed in the crowd.

Having travelled to Hoffenheim looking to extend their lead at the top of the German top flight table, Bayern Munich were already 6-0 up when their travelling supporters unfurled an offensive banner directed at Hoffenheim president Dietmar Hopp.

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Cover Feature: Can Norwich pull off an unlikely survival?

This article first featured in Edition #3 of the RMD magazine (February 29, 2020)

Earning a crucial win against third place Leicester from a Jamal Lewis goal in the 70th minute of their Friday night Premier League clash, Daniel Farke’s Norwich have suddenly been given a faint glimmer of hope of mounting an unexpected survival bid this season.

Norwich play some brilliant football under Farke, with players who are confident on the ball and happy to play among each other even despite their dire position rooted to the foot of the Premier League table. They might well play the best football of any team to face relegation come season’s end, but now with this unexpected result and other sides around them struggling them there is the slightest of feelings of optimism around East Anglia.

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Cover Feature: Football in the Sunshine State

This article first featured in Edition #2 of the RMD magazine (February 29, 2020)

Florida is a state in the USA crying out for an established, successful top division soccer team and David Beckham’s newest MLS venture, Inter Miami, are hoping to fulfil just such a wish. With a large soccer-obsessed Hispanic community, it seems the perfect location for a club of this kind to blossom and grow into something truly inspired.

Both Miami and the wider Floridian state have a detailed, if perhaps unspectacular, history with soccer. With a lengthy list of since defunct football clubs in Florida, including a handful from Miami itself and iconic former North American Soccer League side Fort Lauderdale Strikers, who can count George Best and Gordon Banks among their storied alumni, it is a tough place to maintain a football club, but one with a ready-made and hungry fanbase.

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Cover Feature: Why the Premier League is now less competitive

This article first featured in Edition #1 of the RMD magazine (February 29, 2020)

The Premier League for many years has been lauded as one of the world’s greatest football leagues, in particular boosted by the existence of several top sides which could all lift the title come the season’s end without too much surprise among football supporters. Compared with other top European leagues, where one or a small handful of sides hold a monopoly on the title, the Premier League was seen as that league where anything is possible and the title was never truly guaranteed.

However, England’s top flight has seen that cause for celebration dwindling in recent seasons as teams progress, develop and the status quo shifts. Now, there is an emerging elite of just two clubs, Liverpool and Manchester City, who seem simply on another level to the rest of the league.

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